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Libyan Rebels Ask France for Weapons to March on Tripoli

Posted July 21st, 2011 at 10:55 am (UTC-5)
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Libyan rebel leaders visiting France say they have asked President Nicolas Sarkozy for military aid to enable them to march on Tripoli, the stronghold of Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi. The rebel delegation made the request to Mr. Sarkozy in Paris during a meeting on Wednesday. The delegation includes a representative of western Libya’s rebel-controlled city […]

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Yemeni Forces Fire on Protesters

Posted July 21st, 2011 at 10:35 am (UTC-5)
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Medical officials in Yemen say security forces have opened fire on anti-government protesters in the southern city of Taiz, killing at least one person. They say at least three other people were wounded in the Thursday confrontation. Yemenis seeking the ouster of President Ali Abdullah Saleh have been demonstrating across the country for five months. […]

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Soft Drinks Harder Sell in Developed Economies

Posted July 21st, 2011 at 10:35 am (UTC-5)
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The world’s top soft drink makers are finding it increasingly difficult to sell soda to consumers in developed countries. U.S.-based PepsiCo – the maker of Pepsi Cola and Mountain Dew – said Thursday sales of its carbonated beverages in North America have slipped over the past three months. The company said slowing soda sales appear […]

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China Develops New Breakthrough in Nuclear Technology

Posted July 21st, 2011 at 10:35 am (UTC-5)
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China says it has made a breakthrough in its nuclear technology, testing for the first time an experimental fast neutron reactor. The China Institute of Atomic Energy says it tested the small reactor outside Beijing Thursday, connecting it to the power grid to produce electricity. The test highlights Beijing’s determination to be a leading innovator […]

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Report: US Economy To Grow More Slowly

Posted July 21st, 2011 at 10:30 am (UTC-5)
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A private research group predicts that the U.S. economy will grow more slowly in the next few months. Thursday’s report from the Conference Board says its index of leading economic indicators rose three-tenths of a percent in June, which is a smaller rise than the prior month. The index is designed to predict economic conditions […]

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Ivory Coast Panel to Probe Post-Election Violence

Posted July 21st, 2011 at 10:15 am (UTC-5)
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Ivory Coast President Alassane Ouattara has set up a commission to investigate possible human rights violations during post-election violence. The government said Thursday the panel will help understand how and why people were able to conceive, plan and execute what it called “massive human rights and public liberty violations.” The commission is expected to conduct […]

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Belarus Cardinal Kazimierz Swiatek Dies at 96

Posted July 21st, 2011 at 10:05 am (UTC-5)
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The former leader of the Catholic Church in Belarus, Cardinal Kazimierz Swiatek, has died in a Pinsk hospital at the age of 96. In a statement the Catholic Church of Belarus said he died early Thursday. The cause of death was not specified. After entering the priesthood in 1939, Swiatek was sentenced to death for […]

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Atlantis Completes Final Landing of Shuttle Era

Posted July 21st, 2011 at 9:50 am (UTC-5)
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The space shuttle Atlantis has made a perfect landing, bringing an end to 30 years of U.S. space shuttle missions. The crew of four astronauts aboard Atlantis touched down just before 10:00 UTC at the Kennedy Space Center in the southeastern state of Florida. Perfect weather conditions and a crowd of hundreds welcomed the shuttle […]

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8 Killed in Malawi Anti-Government Protests

Posted July 21st, 2011 at 9:45 am (UTC-5)
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Malawi’s president has appealed for calm after at least eight people were killed in clashes between police and anti-government protesters. President Bingu wa Mutharika addressed the nation by radio Thursday, saying he is willing to sit down and talk with opponents. Violent protests erupted Wednesday in the country’s three largest cities — Blantyre, Mzuzu, and […]

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European Leaders Poised to Adopt Second Greek Bailout

Posted July 21st, 2011 at 9:35 am (UTC-5)
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European leaders are poised for the second straight year to approve a financial bailout for Greece, but even then the debt-ridden country may temporarily default on some of its previous loans. Officials from the continent’s 17 nations that employ the common euro currency met in Brussels Thursday to discuss Greece’s financial woes. But their broader […]

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